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The Grinch

Published December 23, 2013 11:21 PM by Jason Marketti

How am I supposed to see my patients if they keep having holiday celebrations? Every time I turn around, there's a singing group coming in or some other form of entertainment and all of my patients flock to the activity. Okay, I see it now, sitting around listening to a bunch of off-tuned singers is more important than therapy. If that's the case, then maybe I should sing for my patients while they are in the gym. That way they can get both entertainment and therapy done at the same time.

Just the other day, there was a holiday lunch for the patients. It began around 11:30 in the morning and didn't end until after 1 p.m. So I had to wait for my patients while my productivity was taking a nose dive. I'd love to explain that to the bean counters when they ask why. "Oh, I'm sorry if my productivity was in the 70s. You see there's some sort of holiday coming up, I think it's called Christmas or something like that. And well, people like to celebrate it with family, so our facility had a luncheon and entertainment prepared and I didn't think it would have been polite to interrupt."

So, how do I get the patients to participate when there are so many other festivities going on? I can't. It's as simple as that. I'm not able to approach patients when they are in an activity. If a patient chooses to participate in the festivities, he's unavailable for therapy and that's about how I document it in the chart. I could work until 8 or 9 at night when the patients are not so busy, but by that time they're tired and don't want to do therapy.

Frankly, this time of year is difficult to get patients to work. There are family members in and out of their rooms, children roaming the halls handing out holiday cards, and a lot of noise I could do without. How many singing groups have to be heard in one week to say, "Enough!" They all sing the same songs; it's like my stereo is on repeat with no auto-tune. Maybe therapy should take off from December 15 to January 5. By then the holiday spirit will have waned and we can get back to the important business of getting people well without so many interruptions.

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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